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Adam Savage Builds a Multi-Tool Holster from Aluminum
Laying out the design for his Wave holster clip using blue layout fluid and a C-Thru ruler.
Adam laying out the design for his Wave holster clip using blue layout fluid and a C-Thru ruler.

In this Tested: One Day Build video, with Adam Savage and Will Smith, Adam decides to upgrade one of his Leatherman Wave cases with a belt-borne, one-finger-access clip holster. He decides to use a scrap piece of aluminum for the build. He also plans to upgrade his previous design of riveted leather straps for the belt holder with a holder cut directly from the aluminum itself.

Over the course of this 30 minute video, we learn a lot about basic metalworking techniques, some of the machines in Adam’s shop, specifics on things like using digital calipers, the Kant Twist t-clamps, and layout fluid for scribing your design. We also learn about the importance of strategizing your build steps when working on a project. And measuring a bazillion times before cutting.

Adam showing off the Sheer, Break, and Roll that he got from the Industrial Light & Magic model shop.
Adam showing off the Sheer, Break, and Roll that he got from the Industrial Light & Magic model shop.

The ending of this video came as something of a shock to me. Watch it to see what I mean. As I was looking at this project, flirting with the idea of trying it myself, I couldn’t help but thinking: “But mine would never come out right.” Watch the video and see what happens in Adam’s case.

Adam extolling the virtues of Kant Twist t-clamps.
Extolling the virtues of Kant Twist t-clamps.

You’ll also want to stick around for the bonus footage at very end where Adam plows his way through a 2 x 4 with the 2.5″ saw blade on the Wave. You won’t believe the short work he makes of that board. I was blown away and I own a Wave and already know how serious that saw blade can be. Try to guess how long it will take him and see how close you get.

10 thoughts on “Adam Savage Builds a Multi-Tool Holster from Aluminum

  1. Great video. Very informative. And, yeah, I was surprised too at how fast he cut that piece of lumber.

  2. Surely that should be “shear, brake, and roll” rather than “sheer, break, and roll”? Unless it’s a trademark, I suppose.

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  3. Heh… It’s good to know that he’s not “oopsing” occasionally on Mythbusters for effect. >;-D

    It’s still an impressive demonstration by Adam.

    1. I was thinking of it more as a practical, everyday tool, as opposed to a piece of functional art.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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